In Magento 1, We used to check as:

if (Mage::getSingleton('api/server')->getAdapter() != null) {
    // request from Web-Service

How to check the same in Magento2?

I didn't find any proper adapter which fits for both REST & SOAP.

  • are you looking for observer? Mar 2, 2017 at 8:43
  • Mostly this will be checked from Observer.
    – MagePsycho
    Mar 2, 2017 at 9:24

3 Answers 3


I used Magento\Framework\App\State::getAreaCode() to find if request is coming via SOAP / REST API.

You can check the possible area codes in Magento\Framework\App\Area class.


I had a similar task once, and if I remember correctly I did this by checking if \Magento\Framework\App\Request\Http::getFullActionName() equals __. I don't know why, but for REST requests this would be the full action name.

However, I did not find this safe at the time because it didn't feel like the most correct solution, so I ended up by strictly checking the request string:

if (
    $this->request->getRequestString() === '/rest/V1/carts/mine/payment-information'
) {

As you might have guessed, in my situation I had to check if the current REST request was a very specific one.

I don't know about SOAP, but I'm assuming you could use a similar approach. However, it still does not quite feel like the proper solution.

  • Yeah. This won't help me :(
    – MagePsycho
    Mar 2, 2017 at 8:40

Please check with below code,

public function __construct(\Magento\Framework\Event\Observer $observer) {
    $controller = $observer->getControllerAction();

$isApirequest = $controller->getRequest()->getControllerModule() == 'Mage_Api';
if ($isApirequest) {
  • 1
    But here the problem is: there are some REST APIs which are called from the website also.
    – MagePsycho
    Mar 2, 2017 at 11:25

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